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2008 REPLAY:  TIGER BULLPEN BLOW-UP.....Toronto 5, TIGERS 4, T 4/6/09
Posted on: 04-07-2009

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>>caption:  AARON HILL's 3rHR
WAS THE BIGGEST BLOW OF THE
BALLGAME<<

@ TORONTO, ONT:

    Two winter-acquired Tigers
made their first official pitching
appearances Tuesday with
opposite results.
    The Tigers blew a 3-0 lead in the last inning and a half to drop a 5-4 contest
at Toronto.
    Detroit fell to 0-2 on the new season.  
    The Tigers couldn't have asked for much more from SP Edwin Jackson in
his regular season Detroit debut. Short reliever Brandon Lyon saw his spring
training struggles carry over into regulation play.
    Jackson cruised through 7.1-IP and allowed only 2-H & 1-W with 4-K.
At one point Jackson retired 12 consecutive Blue Jays batters. Jackson
fired first-pitch strikes to 17-of-26 hitters faced and threw 60 of his
economical 89-pitches for strikes. He left the game with a 3-1 lead.
    The Tigers scored a small-ball run to go up 1-0/T-3rd. Brandon Inge legged
out a lead-off double and slid under the tag at 2Base. Inge was sac-bunted to
3Base by Adam Everett and came home on a sac-fly to CField off the bat of
Curtis Granderson.
    Detroit added two more in the T-7th and the second one of those was a
gift. Miguel Cabrera singled and Carlos Guillen walked to open the inning.
Then with 1-out, Marcus Thames doubled down the 3Base line to score Cabrera.
Jays SP David Purcey was ordered to intentionally walk Inge to fill the bases
and set up a possible double play, but fired the ball past catcher Rod Barajas.
A favorable bounce off the backstop had the two charging Tiger runners trapped
off base. However, Purcey fired the ball into CField attempting to get Thames
between second and third and Guillen, who had retreated to 3Base, trotted home
instead to make it 3-0.
    The Blue Jays finally showed some life in the B-8th when Scott Rolen led-off with
a homerun (#1) to the lower portion of the upper deck in LField. When next batter
Lyle Overbay was safe on a throwing error by Inge, the door was opened for a
Toronto rally.
    Jackson retired Barajas on a popout to 2Base. Reliever Bobby Seay came on
to get a forceout of Overbay on a Travis Snider grounder, although Jays MGR Cito
Gaston argued Tiger 2Bman Placido Polanco had been pulled off the bag on the
force when Inge almost threw the ball into RField. Lyon entered and allowed an
up-the-middle single by Marco Scutaro that kept the inning alive. Aaron Hill then
towered a 3rHR (#1) to LField on the first pitch he saw from Lyon, an inside curveball.
Hill's homer sailed high, then dropped down just over the LField wall and past the
glove of a leaping Carlos Guillen.
    Suddenly the Jays were ahead 4-3 with as many runs as hits.
    Inge atoned for his fielding miscue by cranking a fat pitch from Toronto closer
B.J. Ryan off the facing of the upper deck in LCField for a solo homerun (#2) to tie
the game at 4-all/T-9th.
    The Jays followed to register a B-9th walkoff win. After Lyon had allowed Toronto
to load the bases with 1-out on a pair of walks (one intentional) sandwiched around a
Rolen single, Barajas hit a 2-2 hitch to Granderson in CField for a sac-fly-RBI to
plate pinch-runner Jose Bautista for the 5-4 decision.    
    Even though Fernando Rodney never got out of the bullpen and into the game, it
was almost as if the Tigers were back in 2008 again.   

    DET     4-8-1, 7-LOB      (L) Lyon, 0-1
    TOR     5-5-1, 4-LOB     (W) Ryan, 1-0

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Jackson was absolutely tremendous. We just didn't
shut it down...(Jackson) was everything we expected and a little bit more tonight
...We didn't get that one more hit to break it open."

TIGERS 3BMAN BRANDON INGE:   "This is not what to expect during the year...This
is more of a fluke, last year was more of habit. You won't see this that much. We're
too good of a ballclub with too good of an attitude for this to happen on a daily basis
...Everyone tried their best and played hard but Edwin, that was an impressive game
he pitched. I liked what I saw from him. I almost feel like as a team we let him down."

TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON:   "The best thing you can do is be a good teammate and be
the first one up to pick whoever is in that situation up (like Jackson consoled Lyon).
I mean, it's like a family here and that's what you do with a family. When somebody is
down you be the first to pick them up just to let them know 'Hey, I'm behind you
regardless of the situation.'"

JAYS 2BMAN AARON HILL:   "I got it (on his HR). They must have turned the AC on or
something. It's just fun to do something like that...It's always fun to walk off (with
a win) like that. It was a blast.""

AJAYS C ROD BARAJAS:   "Early on last year we didn't do a good job of (getting runs in) and
I didn't want that trend to start this year, too. In that situation, you want to get the run
in any way possible - it doesn't matter how it gets in. Fortunately, I got a pitch I was able
to hit far enough (for his GW-sac-fly)."

JAYS RP B.J. RYAN:   "It's just one bad pitch at a terrible time, it stinks...I felt good,
tried to pitch aggressively, just made one bad pitch (on Inge's homer) through the
inning and he made me pay for it."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Beer and alcohol sales were banned at the Tigers-Blue Jays game Tuesday night,
a day after the season opener at Rogers Centre was delayed when unruly fans
littered the field with baseballs and debris. The team clubhouses were cleared of
booze, too, after the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario suspended the
liquor license at Rogers Centre for three dates because of past infractions. The
panel cited five broken rules at baseball and football games and concerts dating to
the Canadian Football League championship game in 2007. The stadium will also be dry
on April 21 when Toronto plays Texas, and for a CFL game on Aug. 1. Signs posted
Tuesday at stadium entrances listed five reasons for the license suspension: permitting
drunkenness, permitting the use of narcotics, selling and serving to apparent minors,
failure to request approved identification and permitting illegal liquor on the premises.
The Blue Jays’ 12-5 win Monday was delayed nine minutes in the eighth inning when fans
threw two baseballs in the direction of Detroit left fielder Josh Anderson and tossed a
handful of paper planes and empty beer cups onto the field. Last season, the Blue Jays
halted alcohol sales in the upper deck for three games in May and June after fans brawled
in the stands, leading to almost 100 ejections. Tuesday the team increased security by
checking bags and patting down fans in a bid to stop alcohol from being smuggled into the
stadium.
    Tuesday attendance was 16,790, more than 30-thousand fewer than Opening Night.
How much of the decline was due to no beer is open to debate.
    Jackson still hasn't lost in six career starts at Rogers Centre.
    The only Blue Jays hit off Jackson besides Rolen's homer was a lead-off dlouble by
Vernon Wells in the B-2nd.
    The Tigers are 3-7 vs Toronto since the 2008 season opened.
    DLed Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (shoulder) threw 43-pitches Tuesday in an extended
spring training game.
    Game three of the series Wednesday night has Blue Jays RHP Jesse Litsch and Tigers
RHP Zach Miner as the probable pitchers.

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